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building the future studio 3 arts community centre

The School of Natural Building are working with Studio 3 Arts to build an extension on their community centre.

Designed by architects company, Citizens Design Bureau and built by GPF Lewis and Wellspring Architecture, this is a transformation in London’s Barking and Dagenham. Read more here

Not only is the work carried out using low carbon materials including strawbales but a course next week with the School of Natural Building – 23rd to 27th August – will cover practical aspects of strawbale building: how to dress and customise bales, notching, loadbearing and infill techniques, compression of the wall, and much more. See here to enrol on the course

This project demonstrates the power of public sector partnering: in making change for the local community through Government; local statutory bodies and interdepartmental support and resources – in essence, everything we worked with UPSTRAW to deliver

Yesterday the bales were delivered – the work and fun now begins!

european strawbale gathering (ESBG) – sbuk webinar 2021

The full video of our ESBG webinar 2021 is now available here: click on a timestamp below, or, on one of the images to go to directly to a chapter

00:00 History of ESBG & introduction to SBUK’s webinar by Cypren Edmunds 07:29 StrawBale Building Basics with Phil Christopher 26:24 Cement Free Foundations with Barbara Jones 1:15:28 Q&A with Phil Christopher, Cypren Edmunds & Barbara Jones 1:36:35 Strawbuilding Project Examples with Chris Hawker 2:05:07 Technical Guide with Barbara Jones 2:34:03 Q&A with Cypren Edmunds, Chris Hawker & Barbara Jones 2:48:26 Airtightness with Paul Jennings 3:07:53 Whole LIfe Carbon: what it is and means for our materials choices with Joe Duirwyn 3:29:51 Straw & Mud: A Love Story with Jeffrey Hart 3:54:51 Q&A with Phil Christopher, Joe Duirwyn, Cypren Edmunds, Paul Jennings & Barbara Jones 4:14:56 What is SBUK & how do you join? with SBUK Directors: Phil Christopher & Cypren Edmunds

Associated weblinks from the webinar are at the bottom of this page

History of ESBG & Introduction to SBUK with Cypren Edmunds
StrawBale Building Basics with Phil Christopher
Cement Free Foundations with Barbara Jones
Strawbuilding Projects Examples with Chris Hawker
Technical Guide with Barbara Jones
Airtightness with Paul Jennings
Whole Life Carbon: what it is and means for our materials choice with Joe Duirwyn
Straw & Mud: A Love Story with Jeffrey Hart

ESBG/SBUK Webinar Links

European StrawBale Association

Huff and Puff Construction

School of Natural Building

Hawkland Ecological Construction

Todmorden Learning Centre (Tod College)

Paul Jennings


Defining and Aligning: Whole Life Carbon & Embodied Carbon

2030 Climate Challenge

Embodied Carbon – what is it and how to compare materials?

Getting to grips with whole-life carbon

AECB Lifetime Carbon Standard

Jeffrey Hart – Building Sustainability podcast

How to join StrawBale Building UK membership

architect climate action network – video of masterclass: straw

Now online for you to view at your leisure is the ‘Straw’ Masterclass we took part in last month.

Thank you ACAN 🙌 💚 for the platform to speak about this beautiful, natural material & to all speakers who participated. Click on the image below for the video

Enjoy 🙂🌾👷🏾‍♂️👷🏗🏠

ESBG 2021 – SBUK webinar

Our schedule for The European Strawbale Gathering (ESBG) 2021 on Saturday 31st is here

In the evening (7pm BST / 8pm CEST) we will be joining up with the European Strawbale Association for a special presentation

Click here for tickets now

architects climate action network | natural material masterclass | straw

A panel of expert speakers met last night to present the benefits of constructing with straw, the data behind the resources and the heritage of this natural building material in Architects Climate Action Network‘s (ACAN) Masterclass for Straw

Barbara Jones

A captive audience, comprising of practioners from the built environment to keenly interested people were treated to a two hour session of education and fun!

Craig White
Cypren Edmunds

The effectiveness of this material has been hotly debated over the years, misunderstood and misrepresented. Backed up with science, the audience listened to the statistics to support its robustness and debated its relevancy.

John Butler
Dana Olarescu

Engaging conversation about community bonding to delivery of healthy alternatives for the domestic and public sector, heightend the audience’s awareness to building with strawbales and straw panels.

Joe Duirwyn
Phil Christopher

The event also acted as a launch for tonight’s start of European Strawbale Gathering 2021 (ESBG 2021).

SBUK members Barbara Jones, Phil Christopher, Joe Duirwyn and Cypren Edmunds are presenting at this festival with other European organisations of the European StrawBale Association (ESBA).

If you missed the start of ESBG 2021, there were some spectacular tours of properties in Poland, Germany, Switzerland and Estonia


Don’t miss out tomorrow or Sunday – Click on the picture above for tickets now!

ESBG 2021 – SBUK Presenters: barbara jones

‘Cement Free Foundations’

Saturday 31st July 1035 – 1135 BST online (Zoom)

‘Straw and Building Regulations’

Saturday 31st July 1225 – 1245 BST online (Zoom)

Barbara Jones is a strawbale building guru having set up construction companies Straw Works, and Amazon Nails. She is the author of Building with Straw Bales – the most comprehensive guide to strawbale building, a founding member of SBUK and is a Director of The School of Natural Building.

She is now an independent consultant and board member of Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub.

ESBG 2021 – SBUK Presenters: paul jennings


Saturday 31st July 1400 – 1420 BST online (Zoom)

Paul Jennings of Aldas, is the most experienced airtightness tester and consultant in the UK, and, with over 30 years’ experience originated the “Airtightness Champion” concept.

He developed the 12 Steps to Airtightness approach to enable UK contractors to reliably deliver airtightness in Passivhaus and other low-energy projects.

He has been an AECB (Association for Environment Conscious Building) member for nearly 20 years and a Trustee for much of that time and, is a Director of the UK Cohousing Network.

ESBG 2021 – SBUK Webinar

Saturday 31st July 1000-1540 BST online (Zoom)

ESBG events start on Friday and finish on Sunday.

The full schedule of ESBG events is viewable here:

Sign up for tickets using this link and on Friday and Saturday morning you will be sent information on how to join the sessions using Zoom and YouTube.

On Saturday 31st July SBUK are hosting a webinar during the day, plus a presentation in the Saturday evening ESBG session. Details are below.

N.B. If you have any questions or issues about the SBUK Webinar, please email

SBUK Webinar, Saturday 31st July 2021

1000hrsStart and IntroductionsCypren Edmunds,
1015hrsSession 1 – i) Straw Building BasicsPhil Christopher, Huff and Puff
1035hrsSession 1 – ii) Cement Free FoundationsBarbara Jones, School of Natural Building
1115hrsSession 1 Q&AAs above
1155hrs Session 2 – i) Straw Building Project ExamplesChris Hawker, Hawkland Ecological Construction
1225hrsSession 2 – ii) Straw and Building RegulationsBarbara Jones, School of Natural Building
1245hrsSession 2 Q&AAs above
1400hrsSession 3 – i) AirtightnessPaul Jennings, Aldas
1420hrsSession 3 – ii) Whole Life Carbon – What it is and what it means for our materials choicesJoe Duirwyn, Hartwyn
1440hrsSession 3 – iii) Straw and Mud – A Love Story.Jeffrey Hart, Jeffrey the Natural Builder and the Building Sustainability
1500hrsSession 3 Q&AAs above
1520hrsSBUK Website; SBUK Membership; Introduction to the evening session; Thank you!SBUK
1540hrsFinish of SBUK ESBG Daytime Webinar 

ESBG Evening Session, Saturday 31st July 2021

1700hrs (1800hrs CEST)European session start. YouTube videos and Zoom Q&As, See links at https://strawbuilding.eu
1900hrs (2000hrs CEST)SBUK Presentation – The Bale House, Hastings, UK – 20 mins presentation, 10 mins Q&APhil Christopher, Huff and Puff
2100hrs (2200hrs CEST)European session finish